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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎81v] (30/50)

The record is made up of 1 volume (25 folios). It was created in 29 Oct 1869. It was written in English and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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a violation of Persian territory. The Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. pilot states (page 180) that a shoal,
with less than 3 fathoms on it, exists a mile off-shore, near the place where the capture
was made. . «
4. lam not in possession of a copy of the decree of condemnation of this dhow
issued by the Vice-Admiralty Court at Aden; it was, however, in the usual form, and
certified that the vessel was actually engaged in the Slave Trade, and was a lawful prize to
Her Majesty's ship " Dryad," that one slave was landed at Aden from her, and that 1 was
justified in destroying her.
5. Neither am 1 in possession of a copy of the sworn evidence offered before the
Vice-Admiralty Court; but it was to the effect that the dhow or bugla drew suspicion on
herself by her unaccountable alterations of coarse; that she had one slave for sale, but
neither colours nor papers; that she claimed to belong to Hassein, and was seized more
than three miles off shore. I submitted all the papers found in the vessel to the Court at
Aden, and warned the Judge that I expected a claim of Persian nationality would probably
be set up. The Judge made no special remarks on the case, except to admit the legality
of my proceedings.
6. The annexed affidavits (four in number) sufficiently refute the allegations made
by the Governor of Mogoo in respect to this transaction; but I wish to draw your
attention to the singular fact of the Governor of Mogoo threatening to raise the Arab
tribes to retaliate for damage to alleged Persian property, and suggesting, what I believe
the truth, that she was really, as represented to us at the time, an Arab, and not a Persian
vessel.
7. I append a tracing from our chart showing the place of capture, and of landing
the crew. You will observe that the Governor of Mogoo, for his own purposes, falsely
declares the capture to have been made nearly thirty miles west of the true locality.
I have, &c.
(Signed) P. H. COLOMB.
Inclosure 8 in No. 11.
Chart showing the place where Dhow was captured by Her Majesty's Ship 11 Dryad"
Inclosure 9 in No. 11.
Affidavit of Commander Colomb.
I, PHILIP HOWARD COLOMB, a Commander in Her Majesty's navy, do most
solemnly and sincerely swear that, being in command of Her Majesty's ship "Dryad" on
the 24th day of March, 1869, in or about latitude 26° 32' north, and longitude 54° 22'
east, in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , I captured and destroyed a dhow, or bugla, without colours or
papers, but carrying one slave boy, who stated he was for sale, and claimed my protection.
And I further swear that the captain of the said dhow never in my presence, or to
my knowledge, claimed Persian nationality for his vessel, or that he belonged to Mogoo;
that, on the contrary, he claimed her to belong to Hassein on the Arabian coast.
And I further swear that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the vessel was not
in territorial waters at the time of capture, and that it is falsely alleged she was seized
within 1,000 paces of the shore.
And I further swear that it is untrue that the said vessel was met off the fort
(Khelat), or that the crew were landed at Hinderabee, for the vessel was met off Jibbel
Yarid, and the crew were landed at Hussineh.
And I further swear that the said dhow, being brought into the Vice-Admiralty
Court at Aden, and all the circumstances of her capture being deposed to on oath, she was
condemned as a lawful prize to Her Majesty's ship " Dryad," and it was decreed that I
was justified in destroying her.
And I make this solemn affidavit, conscientiously believing the same to be true.
(Signed) P. H. COLOMB.
Sworn to at Trincomalee, this 10th day of July, 1869.
Before me:
(Signed) A. B. Mason, J. P. for Trincomalee.

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Content

This file contains correspondence between British officials regarding their attempts to monitor and prohibit slave traffic on the East Coast of Africa. The correspondence dates from March 1869 to October 1869.

Of particular interest are the following folios:

  • Folio 71 - French Government boat registration papers that had been given to 'Arab Dhows' allowing them to travel under the French flag.
  • Folio 73 - A chart entitled 'Memorandum of Number of Slaves landed and liberated at Aden, and how disposed of'.
  • Folio 74 - A copy of the Slave Trade Jurisdiction (Zanzibar) Bill, May 1869.
  • Folios 89-91 - 'A Memorandum by Mr. Churchill [Henry Adrian Churchill, Britain's Agent in Zanzibar] respecting Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa'.
Extent and format
1 volume (25 folios)
Arrangement

The file is arranged in rough chronological order, with the earliest correspondence at the beginning of the file and the latest at the end of the file.

Physical characteristics

Condition: contained within a bound volume that contains a number of other files.

Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at f 67, and terminates at f 91, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 5-134; these numbers are written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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